For starters, it's no longer a three-door.
Take one look at the 2017 Ford Explorer Sport, the subject of today’s video review, and you’ll know it’s a premium vehicle. Some may say it’s an SUV but in reality it’s a crossover (it’s based on the same platform as the Taurus sedan). But just because it’s a crossover does that mean it can’t handle at least some rough road conditions? Of course not, especially when it has all-wheel drive. The 2017 Explorer Sport is powered by the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost with a total of 395 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a six-speed automatic.
Now, today’s Explorer Sport is near the top of the model range (the Platinum is above it) but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, the Explorer Sport was once a three-door. That was back in 1991 when Ford needed a replacement for the recently retired Bronco II.
And yes, the original Explorer was built on a body-on-frame chassis, essentially a Ranger truck with rear seats and a full roof and tailgate. The Explorer has come a long way since then and we’re more impressed with it than ever. Special thanks to Future Ford of Sacramento for letting us film the car.